Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which autopsies are done incompetently much of the time?

2. Who created Four Stages of Cruelty?

3. What does Baden learn after noting $40 on the body of a dead man in an apartment?

4. What is livor mortis?

5. During Chapter Two, what do the doctors at the table of the woman who died believe was her cause of deathf?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Baden's experience of the convergence of hospital medicine and the morgue, and why the event had an impact on him.

2. Why did Kuklinski use cyanide, and how did Baden discover it on his victims?

3. Explain how Baden knew the hostages were killed by the guards.

4. Describe the circumstances in the case of the S&M nurse and doctor in Chapter Ten that led to the case being taken to a grand jury to process the nurse for homicide.

5. Describe the People vs. Levine case. What was the case, and why did Baden fail to do as he was asked by the DA?

6. What was Humes' excuse about the faulty autopsy, and is this excuse valid?

7. Discuss the symptoms of strychnine.

8. Explain how the body of Theresa Ferrara was identified and why there were different strands of hair on her torso.

9. Describe the symptoms of strangulation, as seen during autopsy.

10. Explain what Baden notes occurs by the French Revolution as a way to bring bodies to medical schools for science.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Baden closes the novel by noting that the system is failing, and has been failing for some time. Why does he say this? What does he attribute as the cause of this failure? What are some things he thinks can help fix the situation? Do you agree these things are important? Why or why not? After reading the novel, do you think forensic medicine, and the role of the ME, are important? Why? What power do they have? What are their responsibilities, and why are these important?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the case of Paul Fried in detail. What were the original circumstances surrounding Paul's death? What caused further investigation? What role did his wife, Catherine, play? What was their relationship like? Who came forward with information, and what was that information? How was a new cause of death discovered? What was the result? How did the autopsy findings affect this case? What does this say about the importance of a proper autopsy in any case of death?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 4, Baden discusses the history of the office of the medical examiner. In detail, discuss this history. How did the position begin in the reign of King Richard I? What was the position like by the eighteenth century? What event began to change the view of this position, according to Scotland Yard? What began to happen by the French Revolution? How was the position seen in the colonies? What was the view of the ME by the early nineteenth century? What is the current view? Be sure to list details from the book in your discussion.

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